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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 22, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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A brassy, Brooklyn-born musical comedy actress, Greene has also made a name for herself as a nightclub chanteuse. She began singing in such Manhattan clubs as Reno Sweeney's and The Brothers & Sisters while attending Rider College in NJ, and was discovered by a scout for The New York Shakespeare Festival. Greene performed in such shows as "In the Boom Boom Room" (1974) and "The Threepenny Opera" (for which she won a Tony nomination in 1977). She also appeared in "Funny Face" (1978-79), the ill-fated "The Little Prince and the Aviator" (1981) and scored a great hit as the lovelorn Audrey in the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" (1982). Greene became romantically involved with Marty Robinson, who played the man-eating plant Audrey II in the show.

A brassy, Brooklyn-born musical comedy actress, Greene has also made a name for herself as a nightclub chanteuse. She began singing in such Manhattan clubs as Reno Sweeney's and The Brothers & Sisters while attending Rider College in NJ, and was discovered by a scout for The New York Shakespeare Festival. Greene performed in such shows as "In the Boom Boom Room" (1974) and "The Threepenny Opera" (for which she won a Tony nomination in 1977). She also appeared in "Funny Face" (1978-79), the ill-fated "The Little Prince and the Aviator" (1981) and scored a great hit as the lovelorn Audrey in the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" (1982). Greene became romantically involved with Marty Robinson, who played the man-eating plant Audrey II in the show.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cooler, The (2003) Doris
2.
 States of Control (1997) Carol
3.
 One Fine Day (1996) Elaine Liberman
4.
5.
 Killer: A Journal of Murder (1996) Elizabeth Wyatt
7.
 Wagons East! (1994) Belle
8.
 Professional, The (1994) Mathilda'S Mother
9.
 Fathers and Sons (1992) Judy
10.
 Rock-a-Doodle (1991) Voice Of Goldie
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Began performing as a nightclub singer in clubs
1973:
Made Broadway debut playing the lead in "Rachel Lily Rosenbloom"
1973:
Performed the starring role of Chrissy in Joseph Papp's production of "In the Boom Boom Room"
1976:
Made film debut in Paul Mazursky's "Next Stop, Greenwich Village"
1976:
Cast as Jenny in "The Three Penny Opera" at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre; garnered Tony nomination
1977:
TV debut in "Seventh Avenue" (ABC)
1982:
Breakthrough stage role, as Audrey in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors"
1986:
Reprised role of Audrey in feature version of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors"
1990:
Cast in Anne Commire's Off-Broadway production of "Starting Monday"
1992:
Appeared in Alan Menken's "Weird Romance"
1993:
Cast as Mabel in "Three Men on a Horse" at the National Actors Theatre
1994:
Had a small role as Natalie Portman's mother in Luc Besson's "The Professional"
1996:
Acted in the romantic comedy "One Fine Day"
2003:
Appeared opposite William H. Macy and Maria Bello in "The Cooler"
2007:
Voiced Dolly Gopher on the Cartoon Network animated series "Out of Jimmy's Head"
2007:
Cast in the recurring role of Vivian Charles in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"
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Education

W T Clarke High School: Westbury , New York -
Rider College: Lawrenceville , New Jersey -

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companion:
Marty Robinson. Puppeteer. Together since 1982.

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